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Nearly extinct in the state by the 1970s, black bears have made a comeback, with around 8,500 now living in the mountains and coastal plain. Increasing development has brought human and bears in close proximity, and encounters are inevitable. Vega gives insights on bear behavior and how to handle a close encounter.
In 1994, the North Carolina General Assembly established the Fishery Resource Grant program, which funds projects that test ways to preserve coastal resources. Dave Beresoff's project seeks ways to prevent sharks from getting tangled in commercial gill nets.
Migratory birds face a number of dangers, both natural and manmade. One adversity coastal fishermen report is bird entanglement in fishing nets. A project funded by a North Carolina Fisheries Resource Grant is investigating whether submerged nets will catch fewer birds than floating ones.